La Glace Goberièn, or more commonly known as “Liquid Frost” is a concoction used to freeze liquids in a matter of mere seconds. Created by accident by famed Ithanian chef and novice alchemist Jean-Pierre Gobert, who was, sadly, unable to reap the benefits of his own potion within his lifetime, due to his absolute ignorance when it came to the specifics of alchemy. Despite its rather recent introduction, liquid frost has grown in popularity in two starkly different communities on opposite ends of Aloria, being the Qadir, and the Isldar peoples. While the Qadir favour this decoction due to its use to combat the intense heat, the Isldar—particularly Isldar who have been exiled or strayed from their communities—use it to keep a bond to their icy heritage, and feel more at home in warmer climates.
Initially, the idea for liquid frost was spawned due to a zany Ithanian chef’s need to preserve his creations without constantly having to renew the ice supply. In his prime, during the year 258 AC, Jean-Pierre Gobert was by no means a skilled alchemist, but was certainly a revered chef. Constantly perturbed by the fact that his spectacular culinary creations could not be preserved and shared with everyone around Aloria, Gobert tapped into his limited knowledge of the alchemical craft, and got to work, attempting to create a long-lasting food preservative. After several weeks of trial and tribulation, Gobert created a working prototype, and wasted no time in testing it out on several of his dishes.
Much to the dismay of the famed Ithanian chef, Gobert was in shock to realize that his food was not kept cool, but frozen solid. Bereft by the results of his first alchemical concoction, Gobert vowed to never practice alchemy again, simply giving away his recipe to a local alchemist. Thus, Jean-Pierre Gobert never took to the alchemical practice again, forgetting all about his concoction as years went by, only to be remembered as a revered chef. However, La Glace Goberièn found other uses as a practical, and even detrimental concoction, named in honour of Jean-Pierre by the local alchemist.
Ironically enough, years after the death of Jean-Pierre Gobert in the year 278 AC, Alchemists of the Iron Fist discovered that, by increasing the dosage of Vocadine and minimizing the amount of Iceleaf in liquid frost, it could keep food (and other objects) cool and fresh for days, even weeks on end. While never reaching popularity among alchemists themselves, the concoction quickly spread among common folk, and was carried through mercantile trade into the far lands of the east, and the far north, where Isldar quickly took to liquid frost. Many attribute the origin story of La Glace Goberièn as a tragedy of sorts, as Gobert was never able to truly see the height of his concoction within his lifetime, nor utilize it to his advantage.
The preparation for liquid frost is deceptively simple, although to achieve a proper consistency and effect, it must be prepared with the utmost precision. Firstly, the Iceleaf must be left to dry in a cool room, and then ground into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle. Next, using a metal pot, the Vocadine, pine oil, and Witchhazel oil are stirred together over a low and gradual heat, taking care not to let them boil. After the oils have been distributed amongst the alcohol, the pot should be taken from the stove and allowed to cool to room temperature, mixing occasionally. The ground Iceleaf is then added to the mix; this step must be done while it is being stirred, to ensure that the Iceleaf is evenly distributed. Lastly, the salpeter dust is scraped into the concoction, and slowly stirred until all of the ingredients are properly blended before being poured into their respective containers.
To achieve the proper effect, the vials must be stored away in a cool place to sit for at least three days, after which it is able to reach its full effect.
The application process is rather simple; to pour the contents of Glace Goberien onto the desired object to be frozen. However, it is recommended that for foods and other warm substances, they have a chance to cool in room-temperature heat, or else the liquid frost may not work as intended.
Once the Glace Goberièn is directly poured over an object, it will begin to rapidly freeze the object’s exterior, or the entirety of any liquid to form a thick layer of ice. The process can take between mere seconds for a single glass of liquid, up to a minute for larger surfaces such as a small pond. Glace Goberièn is most often used for the creation of “ice boxes”, wherein Glace Goberièn is poured over a bucket of water and allowed to freeze, resulting in an effective cooling container for food and liquids.
Once an object is frozen, it will take double the amount of time for it to normally thaw, though heat does quicken the process. However, if liquid frost is poured over an object that is larger than one hundred times its volume, a layer of slippery frost will instead cover the object in question. This can be used over solid surfaces to create a dazzling and slippery layer for recreational purposes, or to counter the effects of burning Anáflexi.
Prepared correctly, Glace Goberièn appears to be a pale blue, somewhat clear liquid, with small flecks of black or sometimes grey in the mix. One way to tell if it is properly made is to test its viscosity. Liquid frost should be slightly less viscous than maple syrup, however, if it is a lesser amount to be used as a coolant, it may be closer to the viscosity of oil. La Glace Goberièn is odourless, and cold to the touch, similar to ice water.
- The name “Glace Goberièn” is rarely used by alchemists when referring to the concoction, due to many misconceptions among those unfamiliar; the word “Glace”, meaning ice in Ithanian, sounds identical to “Glass”. Liquid frost is a simpler, and far more straightforward name.
- It is rumored that a particularly homesick Isldar completely froze over an Ithanian lake located in La Portée du Paradis during the springtime, with copious amounts of liquid frost. This has yet to be recreated.